At Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, we combine offshore value with US-based project management and quality assurance for efficient and cost-effective tooling and injection molding operations. Our partner in China operates cutting-edge tooling manufacturing facilities, including high-speed CNC machines, EDM machines, and press sizes up to 800 tons. We offer both precise tool fabrication and state-of-the art injection molding capabilities, individually or bundled together.
Benefits of Tooling and Injection Molding
US-Based Project Management
You will work directly with an experienced US-based team to drive your project to completion. You’ll also be provided with a mold-build schedule and regular project updates. On-site meetings are also available, and US-based parts warehousing gives you just-in-time access to your critical components. Partnering with us means you get globally competitive pricing without traveling overseas to meet with your project team.
Stratasys Direct Manufacturing gives you peace-of-mind by guaranteeing the life of your tool. If tool minimums are not met, we will replace or repair the tool at our expense. Full dimensional inspection reports are provided before production begins, and we offer mold flow analysis, Cpk studies, and full PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) services. Custom gauge building is also available.
Tooling and Injection Molding Applications
Injection molding is the most common method of fabricating high volumes of plastic parts. Many products are injection molded, varying in size, complexity and end-use.
- Common applications include:
- Simple production parts in a high volume
- Plastic housings
- Electronic components
- Automotive parts
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Injection Molding Materials
As you consider your options for low-volume injection molding, talk to our experts. We can work with any production plastic material your project requires, but the most common options are listed on our site.SEE TOOLING AND INJECTION MOLDING MATERIAL OPTIONS
Finishing Options for Injection Molded Parts
From packaging prototypes to complex mechanical assemblies, we understand what it takes to make your project a success. To complete your component to your full satisfaction, we offer a full selection of finishing options.
- Decorative and Cosmetic Options
- Pad Printing
- Silk Screening
- Painting (custom color matching available)
- Laser Etching
- Secondary Options
- Heat Staking
- Sonic Welding
- Light Assembly
- Destructive Testing
- EMI/RFI Shielding
Size and Accuracy
Parts must be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine the compatibility with our injection molding processes. Typical minimum features may be the size of a dime or pen cap, but need to be reviewed by our team. Standard tolerances are dependent on material or part size, but in general we can meet a standard tolerance of ±0.005”. Tighter tolerances are possible, but offered on a case-by-case basis.
Tooling and Injection Molding: Frequently Asked Questions
- Do you offer molding options other than injection molding?
- Although injection molding is most popular, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing offers a variety of high- and low-volume molding processes, including compression molding, insert overmolding, gas assist molding, and thermoforming. Contact your project engineer to learn more.
- Do you manufacture tooling for injection molding operations based in the US?
- Yes. We offer export Tooling built to customer requirements that can be run in our customers’ machines or at one of our US-based partner facilities. All of our tooling has documented warranties and US-based support for repairs and engineering changes.
- Where is the project management team located?
- Our experienced Tooling and Injection Molding management team is based out of Gilbert, Arizona. They have a deep understanding of all phases of tooling, including part design, tool design, and material sciences.